Empowered Youth Leadership Program


My name is Anika and I am an intern at the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU. The University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at OHSU has a new leadership opportunity for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Below is more information about the program. Please send this information to anyone you think would be interested in joining this program.

We are currently looking for students interested in joining the Empowered Youth Leaders Program. The Empowered Youth Leaders Program is looking for youth (ages 16-25) with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are enthusiastic about learning, the outdoors, and becoming a leader in their own community.  Students will join a cohort of young people who will engage throughout the year in activities that focus on independence, self-determination, and leadership development. They will decide, along with their peers, how they want to benefit their community through various service learning projects. Students will explore the outdoors while learning about conserving the environment and discovering how they can make a difference in protecting the planet. This is a chance to gain independence and leadership skills that can be valuable in future employment, school, internships, or volunteer opportunities.

This program consists of four events throughout 2019-2020. Youth must commit to attending all four events:

June 25-27: Kayaking and Camping Trip

August 2019: Service Learning Trip

December 2019: Winter Outdoor Day trip

March 2020: Service Learning Trip

The entire program costs $200 per person. Families with financial barriers are encouraged to contact the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) to discuss options.

For more information, please contact us at 503-494-1519 or ucedd@ohsu.edu.

Anika Morkowski